The Chariton Academic Team traveled to Des Moines Central Campus for the Iowa State Quiz Bowl Championship on Saturday, March 30. Chariton finished fourth overall in the small school division of the tournament. Its team members were Shelby Dobberthein, Stan Kutsel, Aaron Sullenger, Logan Caudill and Fidel Reyes.
During the morning rounds of pool play, Chariton finished in a three-way tie in Pool A with a 4-1 record. Sioux City Bishop Heelan B won the tiebreaker on points with Chariton finishing second based on points and Underwood being eliminated based on points.
The tiebreaker was points per bonus question. Bishop Heelan B had 12.38 points per bonus, Chariton had 11.33 points per bonus and Underwood had 11 points per bonus.
In round one, Chariton defeated Holy Trinity, 130-120. Kutsel led the team with 35 points in this match followed by Caudill with 25 and Dobberthein with 10.
Chariton got off to a slow start and trailed almost the entire match. Caudill came up with a huge answer on question 19. “We trailed 120-110, but with Logan’s answer we were able to tie up the match and we were able to pick up one bonus to win, 130-120,” Chariton Coach Tim Curnutte said. Without this victory, Chariton wouldn’t have been able to make the final four teams.
In round two, Chariton beat Sioux City Bishop Heelan B, 185-170. Kutsel led the team with 40 points followed by Caudill with 25. Dobberthein had 10 points.
This was a great back and forth match. Chariton trailed by five points at the half and took an early second half lead of 145-100. Bishop Heelan B then answered question 19 to take a 170-145 lead.
Kutsel proved clutch and answered question 20 to make the score 170-155. With Chariton down 15 points, the Chargers responded by answering all three bonus questions to earn 30 points. This gave Chariton a dramatic 185-170 victory.
In round three, Chariton defeated Bishop Garrigan of Algona, 150-50. Kutsel led the team with 30 points, while Sullenger and Caudill had 10 points apiece.
Chariton jumped out to an early lead in this match and led 70-10 at halftime. They kept the momentum to earn a fairly easy victory.
In round four, Chariton beat Logan-Magnolia B, 90-50. Caudill led the team with 20 points while Dobberthein and Kutsel added 10 apiece. Both teams struggled to answer questions in this match, but Chariton was able to earn a victory.
Read the April 4, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.